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Chord Electronics Hugo Portable DAC/Headphone Amp

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What Hifi Awards, 2016

'Best DAC £1000+' 

Please note: this is the latest model of the Chord Hugo (with the newer chassis). 

In celebration of Chord Electronic's ground-breaking DAC 64 turning 20 years old; Chord have launched the equally as impressive and state-of-the-art, reference sounding DAC/Headphone amp - the Hugo. 

The Hugo is based on the same advanced FPGA DAC technology that has allowed Chord Electronics to take an authoritative stance in digital audio, this time in the form of the first reference level, portable DAC. The name given to the Hugo is a play-on-word to express its highly convenient portability ("take it wherever 'hugo'"), and the device offers exceptional studio-master-tape sound quality, advanced connectivity and full playback capability - and fits conveniently in your palm or pocket. Hugo has been described as the most advanced headphone amp/DAC, offering five digital inputs - including A2DP aptX Bluetooth, as well as advanced 384kHz PCM and DSD 129 playback for optimum resolution sound.

You can use the Hugo in both static systems, and on-the-go situations. Utilising the ability to decode sample rates ranging from 44.1kHz to 384kHz (PCM), the Hugo is an audiophile's dream. Two advanced USB inputs are also present, one driver-less input for use with legacy USB devices, while the other is an asynchronous high-def USB port.  

The Hugo features an integrated battery-charging circuit, with a full-charge life of about two-hours, while its casework and outer housing is built to last for many years. The Hugo features the uniform port-hole found with other Chord Electronics reference products. This gives an insight to the device's complex and intriguing circuitry, while an LED lights the port-hole up depending on the resolution of the file being played through.

Hugo is based upon Rob Watts’ and Chord Electronics’ famous bespoke DAC technologies and is the latest edition to Chord Electronics’ beautiful high-performance product range. 

The Hugo features two 3.5mm headphone connections, and a 1/4 jack connection for listening on the go and at home. 


Inputs Optical TOSLink 24-bit/192kHz-capable
RCA coaxial input 24-bit/384kHz-capable
Driverless USB input 16-bit/48kHz-capable (designed for tablets/phones)
HD USB input 32-bit/384KHz and DSD128-capable (for computer/laptop playback; see driver details below)
                                                                                                                                                                                  Technical Specifications                                                                                                                                                  Advanced digital volume control
Crossfeed filter network
Battery powered for approximately 12 hours operation
Input, sample rate and volume level indication by colour-change LEDs
26K tap-length filter (more than double when compared to the QuteHD DAC)
Headphone output: 110dB SPL into a 300ohm headphone load
Output power - 1KHz 1V sinewave both channels driven 0.1% distortion
600 ohms 35mW
300 ohms 70mW
56 ohms 320mW
32 ohms 600mW
8 ohms 720mW
THD - 1KHz 3V output: 0.0005%
Dynamic Range: 120dB
Output impedance: 0.075 ohms
Damping factor >100
Weight: 0.4kg
Dimensions: 100x20x132mm (WxHxD)
 Outputs 2x3.5mm headphone jacks
1x6.35mm (1/4 inch) headphone jack
1x (pair) stereo RCA phono output 
Drivers On a PC (Vista, Win 7 or 8) Hugo will playback music up to 384KHz and support both DSD64 and DSD128, but for this you must install the supplied driver which comes in the box and is also available on this product page.

On Apple Mac OS, iOS for iPhone/iPad and Android, no drivers are required and Hugo will work up to 384KHz and DSD64/128 if your playback software/app can support it. 

Providing your item is in stock, the order is usually dispatched within 24 hours. Postage and packing is completely free for orders over £100*. Out of stock items will be dispatched as soon as they become available, out of stock items can take between 4 to 21 days for dispatch.


Orders are sent via our couriers' DPD on a next-day-delivery service and usually, take between 1 and 3 days. 


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*We ship free of charge to mainland UK addresses, excluding the Scottish Highlands or 'Out-Of-Reach' Scottish locations. Please consult the post-codes below to see if your location falls within this category. If you are still unsure, please contact us on 01432 354921. We also ship to Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Scilly Isles, Scottish Isles and Scottish Highlands, however, delivery to these locations will incur a charge and can only be sent via a 2-day service.

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